News | Minnesota Vikings –

5 Things to Know about Laquon Treadwell

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings used their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft on one of college football's best wide receivers, Laquon Treadwell.

The junior from Mississippi was drafted 23rd overall and is the seventh wide receiver the Vikings have ever selected in the first round.

At 6-foot-2 and 221 pounds, Treadwell will bring a physical presence to Minnesota's offense as he's known as a superb run blocker.

Here are five more things to know about Treadwell:

Five-star recruit

Treadwell was named as a five-star recruit by numerous publications while he was at Crete-Monee High School, which is an hour south of Chicago. An Under Armour All-American, Treadwell caught 81 passes for 1,424 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He added 257 rushing yards and seven more scores on the ground. Treadwell also recorded six interceptions on defense.

A family man

The son of a single-parent household, Treadwell keeps his family close. That was evident when he brought his 3-year-old daughter, Madison, on stage with him at the 2016 NFL Draft. Treadwell, who became at father at age 17, then spoke about how important his daughter is to him when he visited the team's headquarters last week.

"It was just natural to me," said about Madison accompanying him on stage. "It was that important to me to bring her.

"Going away for school it was my goal to reach this level, because I knew I had to take care of my daughter," he added. "That's what I wanted to do and I just felt it was the best thing to do for me."

Rebounding from injury

Treadwell was in the middle of a standout sophomore season when he broke his left fibula and dislocated his left ankle during a November game against Auburn in 2014. He returned for his junior season and impressively posted career highs in catches (82), yards (1,153) and touchdowns (11), later becoming a first-round pick.

Finishing with a flourish

Among the highlights of Treadwell's junior season at Mississippi was his final game with the Rebels. Matched up against Oklahoma State in the Sugar Bowl, Treadwell hauled in three touchdowns.

Speed isn't everything

Much was made of Treadwell's time of 4.63 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Plenty of other NFL wide receivers, including Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, ran similar times. When asked about his speed by the Twin Cities media, Treadwell said he lets his play on the field speak for itself.

"I just think it's game instincts," Treadwell said. "It's something that you have inside of you.

"Knowing what to do, when to do it and how to do it," he added. "I just think I do that really well."

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.